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Insights from the Cross Over Workshop

In a Cross Over workshop initiated by PJ Stappers (EB), and facilitated by Remko van der Lugt (lector co-design Hogeschool Utrecht) nineteen CRISP members (project leaders, secundants and Executive Board) built an overarching picture of CRISP and themes to address by using context mapping.

In the workshop the participants started with a small ice-breaker. Everyone sat down next to someone they did not know yet and discussed something unique about themselves [figure 1]. In a group session everyone was introduced [figure 2]. After this introduction, there was a cross-over exchange with people from different projects including the executive board and secondary project leaders [figure 3, 4]. In small groups the participants discussed the projects using different images they selected and brought to the workshop.Subsequently, the group was divided in two separate groups [figure 5]. In every group all projects were represented by different people. The findings from these cross-over meetings were shared with the group by clustering interesting images [figure 6]. From these clusters several themes emerged.These discussions eventually lead to a group discussion about crosslinking interesting themes and hot-spots [figure 7, 8]. These cross-links were visualized by connecting them with colored tape. The most interesting cross-links and themes resulted in the proposal of several CRISP mini-events to improve the overall outcome of the CRISP project [figure 9].
 

The group touched upon a wide range of topics that need attention in the CRISP programme. To sum up a few: 

  • It is hard to keep industry partners interested because of differences in pace and interests
  • Within projects we are sometimes facing the so called Ivory Tower dilemma (research-practice)
  • How should we deal with Communication; what is the  best way to share information? How do we know what to share, when and how?
  • Reflection on original CRISP goals . Where we can harvest for the changing role of the designer? What  special skills  are needed for designers to  play a central , more strategic role in multidisciplinary teams)
  • Concerns for the PSS designed within the programme. What are true PSS and how to developed these? How can we use insights from PSS, CASD projects to create a better understanding? 
  • Boundaries of CRISP, where does the CRISP responsibility end, where does related science begin?
Participants came up with five actions that they would support being initiated and maybe even would like to organise:
  1. PSS SUCCESS FACTORS | Connect insights from both CASD and PSS workshop to evaluate applications form CRISP projects and create recommendations
  2. CRISP EXCHANGE INTERNS | Experience how meaningful relations emerge and how they can be supported by being an intern in another CRISP projects
  3. ENERGIZING PARTNERSHIPS | JUST DO IT together, not separately, understanding current process, plan for dynamic collaboration
  4. MONEY MAKING PSS | How do we insure the economic impact for projects that are mainly knowledge oriented? Give insight into the value chains. Ask companies for external CRISP value proces
  5. CRISP EXPO | Nemo: 2 years permanent EXPO + travelling pop-up expo (papers demo's, prototypes, films, booklets, manuals presentations
We are very glad with the insights gained. And it doesn't stop here. In January, Berry Eggen, Pieter Jan Stappers and  Marijke Idema will meet to discuss how we might support or encourage follow up steps for your most useful and interesting Mini Event Proposals and see how they can be integrated within the current dynamics of the projects.
 
For a summary of the workshop, you can watch the video below (. 
 
December 13 at TU Delft.
 
See video

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